Bryant, William Cullen (1794-1878) The death of Lincoln
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00014
Author/Creator: Bryant, William Cullen (1794-1878)
Place Written: [s.l.]
Type: Autograph manuscript signed
Date: 28 June 1875
Pagination: 1 p. ; 21 x 13 cm.
Summary of Content: The poem is copied and signed by William C. Bryant.
Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877
Full Transcript: The Death of Lincoln, , ”Oh slow to smite and swift to spare,, Gentle and merciful and just,, Who, in the fear of God, didst bear, The sword of power, a nation’s trust!, , In sadness by thy bier we stand, Amid the awe that hushes all, And speak the anguish of a land, That shook with horror at thy fall., , Thy task is done; the bond are free,, We bear thee to an honered grave,, Whose proudest monument shall be, The broken fetters of the slave., , Pure was thy life; its bloody close, Hath placed thee with the Sons of Light,, Among the noble host of those, Who perished in the cause of Right.” , , William Cullen Bryant., , Copied June 28, 1875
Keywords/Subjects: Assassinations;, Lincoln Assassination;, Literature and Language Arts;, Poetry;, Presidents;, Slavery;
Sub Era: Reconstruction
Background: Bryant was an American poet and editor of the Evening Post.
LOC Search Terms: United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865., Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Assassination., Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Death and burial., Assassins--United States--History--19th century., Presidents--United States., United States--Politics and government--1861-1870.Order Image